PITTSBURGH — Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 23 shots for his second shutout of the playoffs, and the Pittsburgh Penguins evened their Eastern Conference final against Ottawa with a 1-0 victory in Game 2 on Monday night.
Phil Kessel beat Craig Anderson with a wrist shot 13 minutes 5 seconds into the third period as Pittsburgh finally broke through against the Ottawa’s packed-in defense.
The Penguins dominated play for long stretches but couldn’t get past Anderson until late in the third. Kessel’s initial shot hit Ottawa’s Jean-Gabriel Pageau and came right back to him. Kessel fired hard and low by Anderson for his sixth goal of the playoffs.
Game 3 is Wednesday in Ottawa.
Anderson finished with 28 saves but received little help in front of him. The Senators went nearly 19 minutes without putting a shot on Fleury. When they eventually got going late, Fleury was more than up to the task.
Penguins Coach Mike Sullivan challenged his team to stop searching for the perfect shot and just fire it at Anderson instead after Pittsburgh struggled to create any traffic in front of the goaltender during a 2-1 overtime loss in Game 1.
The Penguins responded by heavily tilting the ice at times, a remarkable feat considering they spent most of the night down two men after forward Bryan Rust and defenseman Justin Schultz left in the first period with injuries.
Rust was on the losing end of a clean check by Ottawa’s Dion Phaneuf 4:58 into the game. Rust slowly made his way to the bench under his own power but did not return.
Published at Tue, 16 May 2017 03:12:04 +0000